Solutions to the agricultural and economic crisis are getting closer and closer. Five countries orient themselves in Sibrandabuorren, IJlst and Heeg. ‘We want to help farmers’

In these times of economic and agricultural crisis, it is becoming increasingly important to show that it is also possible to focus on healthy nature and a local economy. For example, Ús Hôf from Sibrandabuorren together with other organizations presented the Green Farmers Plan to the cabinet and Johan Remkes. The biodynamic reality is getting closer and closer. Together with farmers, with entrepreneurs, not against them.

Due to the local Frisian successes this week, people from Germany, Greece, France, Poland and Sweden visited local Frisian cooperatives in Sibrandabuorren, IJlst and Heeg on Tuesday and Wednesday. The food cooperative Ús Iten in Sibrandabuorren was selected for it, the solar park De Stroomtuin in IJlst and also the Sustainable Heeg project.

On behalf of Fryslân, Fonden Doarpswurk participates in the European initiative GIRA

The Doarpswurk Foundation participates in this European initiative GIRA on behalf of Fryslân. The Dutch organization ‘Learn for Life’ has selected Fryslân because of the highest number of sustainable initiatives in the villages and the effective approach to support them. The participants from the six countries share the knowledge and experiences they have gained to achieve a flywheel effect.

The Frisians also visit the five foreign projects to learn from each other. The Doarpswurk Foundation coordinates it from Fryslân. These are viable projects that already make it clear how things could look in the future. Such as with the food cooperative Ús Iten in Sibrandabuorren.

Be sure of affordable fresh vegetables for a fixed amount per year: it is available in Sibrandabuorren

Two hundred and fifty affiliate members collect their weekly supply of vegetables for a fixed amount 35 weeks a year. Fresh from the ground, without intermediaries, straight ‘from the farmer’. They also get other food and drinks from the counter of five as close as possible, from local producers. This has created a network that is almost completely self-sufficient.

The local farmer/baker and others become important again, large foreign companies are no longer needed for food and other supplies. In addition, the earth is not depleted, much less fossil fuels are needed to transport everything, which is also good for the future of the earth. That the music of the future is getting closer and closer is already relevant in Sibrandabuorren.

Education of young gardeners in permaculture

Bregje Hamelynk and her husband Michel Paulius run their 1.9 hectare food business with many volunteers. They also train young gardeners, through official schools and training courses, to familiarize them with the environmentally friendly way of working in permaculture.

Current agricultural education is traditionally focused on making maximum use of the land with artificial fertilizers and pesticides, the idea that such a way of working is not good for the land is becoming increasingly loud.

Good for the earth and good for the quality of life in the countryside

A similar project by Johannes Lankester will soon start nearby in Loënga. He wants to. He prefers that 150 self-sufficient people/families grow food on current land on 150 hectares of grassland and one farmer with agricultural machinery, under the leadership of and in collaboration with, for example, the same farmer.

It benefits the quality of life in the countryside and the quality of life in society. Partly because people meet in the weekly moments when you can pick up the food – or harvest it yourself – at, for example, the food cooperative Ús Iten. With a cup of coffee or tea, talking to each other about yourself, each other, the neighborhood and the world: it creates a social bond.

Albert Kooy, master chef at Stenden University, has been a regular customer for years and is convinced of the quality

Between the foreign guests, top chef Albert Kooy, master chef/lecturer at Stenden University in Leeuwarden, suddenly picks up fresh vegetables. The food supply from Sibrandabuorren has already penetrated so far that this university’s restaurants are already working fully with it under Kooy’s management.

Saturday Open Day in Sibrandabuorren

This Saturday, an open day will be held in Ús Hôf, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., free for all. That this way of interacting with nature can be important for the agricultural and economic future is evident from the fact that Bregje Hamelynck van Ús Hôf spoke on behalf of the association of agro-ecological farmers with the cabinet and with Johan Remkes in The Hague …

Organic and biodynamic Green Farmers plan presented to the cabinet

Hamelynck: “Together with the organic and biodynamic farmers’ organizations, we presented a Green Farmers Plan to indicate, based on our practice, what should be changed in the current agricultural policy to help farmers in the transition to sustainable agriculture.”

Farmers can reduce their dependence on supermarkets by selling directly to consumers, and citizens are happy because they know exactly where their food comes from. In this way, together we build a sustainable community on a human scale.”

Open Day is free to visit and to make it fun for children there is a vegetable scavenger hunt especially for them.

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